Matt and Carri Frazier build lasting relationships with local customers

Medcare Pharmacy, owned by Matt and Carri Frazier, is a family affair. Matt and Carri, longtime residents of Faulkner County, began dating as teenagers. They married shortly after Carri graduated from UCA with a degree in Childhood Education. Matt graduated from UAMS with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2001. They have lived in Conway since they married and have two daughters, Emma (10) and Olivia (7). They are members of Second Baptist Church, where Matt serves as a deacon. Carri is also involved in Bible Study Fellowship.

Salem Place Nursing and Rehabilitation provides individualized care in a comfortable setting for people who need rehab services to help them recover and return home feeling their best.
“We work with people who need rehab services with the intent that they will be able to return home,” said Vickey Kirkemier, administrator at Salem Place.
The staff has taken several measures to distinguish the rehab experience from the nursing home side of the business. Rehab has a separate entrance, hotel-like amenities and flexible scheduling for patient therapy.

Fundraiser honoree Courtway knows the importance of discussing prostate cancer

The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation is gearing up for its annual fundraiser, A Rockin’ Blue Ribbon Bash, as part of its statewide campaign to bring awareness to prostate cancer.
This year’s honoree is Tom Courtway, University of Central Arkansas president and prostate cancer survivor. Courtway was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2009 and underwent surgery the following month.

Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic of Conway continues to grow

Less than a year old, Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic of Conway is already taking the next step to expand its services.
The 2,500-square-foot clinic at 605 Dave Ward Drive, Suite 105, will double in size to 5,000 square feet by the end of this year.
Covington Companies of Conway repurposed the former warehouse earlier this year for the medical plaza, and the clinic opened in March.
Dalana Huckaby, registered nurse (RN) and director of outreach clinics for Arkansas Heart Hospital, said the clinic hopes to begin work on the expansion in the next month, with estimated completion by August.

Conway Regional ER staff changing lives of stroke patients in Faulkner County

“I Saved a Brain” reads the pin on Amanda Irby’s name badge.
The inscription says it all, especially for people in Faulkner County who have benefited from the life-changing work being done through the partnership between the Conway Regional Emergency Department staff and the AR SAVES (Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support) program. AR SAVES is administered by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops. A stroke is sometimes called a “brain attack.”

Dr. Doug Stroud and team provide care to poverty-stricken in Guatemala

Conway residents recently performed 15 life-changing sinus surgeries while on an interdenominational mission trip to Guatemala.
Dr. Doug Stroud of Conway, an ear, nose and throat specialist, headed up the surgical team along with Karon Leach, a surgical assistant at his clinic; and Jamie Burbridge, a surgical technologist at Conway Regional Medical Center. The group cared for patients living in extreme poverty who would not have otherwise had the opportunity for this surgery, which will improve their quality of life.

Originating in Ohio in 1973, Diet Center has been helping people lose weight through customized diet plans designed to fit individual lifestyles for 42 years. The center attributes its four decades of success to its role in recognizing the relationship between well-designed nutritional programs, one-on-one counseling and supplemental products that work.
“We make sure a program will fit a customer’s lifestyle, we individualize them,” said Victoria Wiedower, owner of the Diet Center in Conway. She bought the Conway franchise in 2014 after managing it for two years.

Each day that we live on this earth, we face a real enemy. We cannot see this enemy; but he is present and doing all that he can in order to distract us from a passionate walk with God. One of the most vivid descriptions of our enemy is found in 1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” (New International Version)

Summer is a great time for exploring all that Arkansas has to offer, including the arts. There is a long list of arts centers, museums, galleries and more just a day’s drive away from Conway, many of them free or of little cost. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Day trip to Bentonville
186 miles from Conway

John Vanderslice Associate Professor of Writing, University of Central Arkansas

Originally from: Accokeek, Maryland
How long have you lived in Conway? 18 years
Do you remember when you decided you wanted to be a writer? The long answer is that I’ve wanted to write ever since I was a grade-schooler.

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